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Updated on January 24, 2012

Online Travel Auctions Provide A First-Class Vacation Experience On A Budget

If you haven't discovered the online travel auction site SkyAuction yet, you have to check it out. Similar to other online travel auction sites like eBay, at SkyAuction you're bidding on airfare, cruises, resort stays, tickets to shows and gift certificates at restaurants. With a little practice, you can become a SkyAuction expert and know exactly how to get the best deals at this ultra-cool online travel auction site. Get started here!

What is a super value on SkyAuction for one person may be a complete waste for another person. You must carefully read all of the conditions before placing your bid at SkyAuction. Check for blackout dates, expiry dates, last date to check-in and last date to check-out, seasonal or weekend surcharges, taxes and fees, single supplements and more. Even if you're purchasing a travel product for your holiday that is 6 months away, you will need to pay for it immediately upon winning your auction.

For previous SkyAuction auction winners... - Will you be a repeat customer?

Nothing speaks of quality better than loyalty! If you've bid on travel online with SkyAuction and won before, will you be using them again? Are you a longtime SkyAuction customer? Let us know here!

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SkyAuction Customer Service - Travel Insurance, Email Support and more..

Travel is a product that is extremely difficult to control because there are so many aspects. There is the actual research and booking of your trip, purchasing travel insurance (if you choose to do so), transportation to your destination (air or rail generally), your hotel - cruise - entertainment, etc... Generally the travel provider you purchased your trip through is held responsible for every aspect of the trip (tall order!).

Every time I've used SkyAuction I've had exemplary customer service.Most recently, while submitting travel dates for an auction I won, I listed in the 'comments' section that my husband and I (along with our 4 children) would be staying in the room. The next day, SkyAuction phoned me back to say the number of people for the room exceeded the acceptable occupancy. I explained to the customer service rep I had booked the resort as a "staycation" for my family so the kids could go swimming for the weekend. It was very important that all of us go. The service rep said she would phone the property directly and see if our number of guests was acceptable. I asked what my options would be if we couldn't get something worked out. The rep reassured me that SkyAuction would likely extend the valid redemption period for my auction or else issue me a credit to put towards another auction. In the end, SkyAuction phoned me back to say the resort would rent an additional room at the rate won in the auction (to satisfy the occupancy issue) and there would be no additional fees. We ended up having a WONDERFUL weekend. I won this auction in October and redeemed it in December (over the kids' winter break) two weeks before we wanted to use the room. In case you have something that goes wrong, here are some of your options.

Earning credit at SkyAuction?

Get $5 in SkyCash for each referral you send

I wish I would've known about this offer sooner - I should visit SkyAuction more often myself! In this SkyAuction "SkyBlog" entry from March 26, 2008, terry from SkyAuction has posted in the "tips" section that you can receive $5 in SkyCash for each referral you make to SkyAuction. Hmmm.....

Extensive SkyAuction.com feedback at other sites - View the good and the bad around the internet

What has everyone been saying about SkyAuction.com? Get a complete view over the years of feedback on SkyAuction. It's not all good, but most travel providers will have some unsatisfied customers (I worked as a travel agent for years and couldn't tell you a travel company that I didn't hear complaints about!). The thing is to LEARN from others bad experiences. Honestly, we haven't personally had a bad experience with them yet.

Stay At "Your Choice of Resort"

Surf & Turf, Room & Board, Home & Away, Land & Seafood, Sea & Shore, Steak & Stay, etc...

All of those offers for "your choice of resort" allow you to stay in comforts that time-share owners pay a fortune for at a sliver of the regular cost. The caveat - there are no guarantees on availability. Those deals are strictly what is available. For that reason, they are not good choices for you if: you're travelling during a "peak" travel season for your destination, your dates are inflexible, or you have specific requirements as far as city or location. However, if (for example) you'd like to getaway during the autumn to somewhere in the Great Smoky Mountains, or during the spring to Colorado and are flexible, this is a steal! Read more about the "Surf & Turf", "Room & Board", and other types of deals like this below.

I need somewhere for this weekend though!

Is SkyAuction OK for last-minute travel?

SkyAuction is ideal for last-minute travel. You just have to choose the right options! Look for specific properties with a specific check in date. These will usually be for availability in the upcoming weekend or week. If you see something like "7 nts in a 2 bdrm suite at the Summer Bay Resort in Kissimmee, FL for February 8, 2008" you can be assured you will have your accomodation on that date if you win the auction. We booked a suite the night before we needed it. After paying and confirming with the hotel (by telephone), we were ready to go!

Eating Out For Less At Home or on Vacation

Get discounts at restaurants with SkyAuction

Getting there and having somewhere to stay are an important part of your vacation. They are just a PART of your vacation though. An equally memorable and important facet to your holiday will be sampling the local cuisine and getting a taste for the flavor of the area. SkyAuction can help you make this more affordable as well. If you're lucky enough to live in a 'tourist destination', you may want to use SkyAuction for a discount at some of the restaurants in your own backyard.

What Restaurants Are Available?

I'm interested in a deal, but I want to like the food too!

I've just noticed - I've got some work to do!!! SkyAuction has listed many new restaurants to their roster. I'll be updating this section over the next few weeks!

SkyAuction tends to offer the same restaurants for different areas. Usual restaurants you can buy discounted gift certificates for are as follows:

Nationwide USA - Yard House Restaurants

Alameda, CA (USA) - Commodore Events

Albany, NY (USA) - Envy Lounge, Pearl Restaurant & Lounge

Albuquerque, NM (USA) - Kelly's Brew Pub, Scalo

Alexandria, VA (USA) - Great American Steak & Buffet, RT's Restaurant, Warehouse Bar & Grill, The Wharf

Alpharetta, GA (USA) - Ray's Killer Creek

Anaheim, CA (USA) - Anaheim White House

Ann Arbor, MI (USA) - Arbor Brewing Company

Anna Maria, FL (USA) - Sandbar Restaurant

Atlanta, GA (USA) - Antica Posta, Atmoshphere Bistro, Baraonda Caffe Italiano, Bazzaar, Chequers Seafood Grill, Chopstix, Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Enoteca Carbonari, Fado's Irish Pub & Restaurant, Fritti Restaurant, Geisha House, Joel Restaurant, Max Lager's Wood Fired Grill & Brewery, Ray's In The City, Ten Pin Alley

Aurora, CO (USA) - Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood

Austin, TX (USA) - Austin Land & Cattle Co. Restaurant

Bal Harbour, FL (USA) - Bal Harbour Bistro

Beverly Hills, CA (USA) - Kate Mantilini, Coupa Cafe, Mastro's Steak House

Bradenton Beach, FL (USA) - Beachhouse Restaurant

Brea, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Boca Raton, FL (USA) - Taverna Kyma

Boston, MA (USA) - The Daily Catch

Cambridge, MA (USA) - John Harvard's Brew House

Catoosa, OK (USA) - Molly's Landing

Charlotte, NC (USA) - Aquavina, Mickey & Mooch

Chicago, IL (USA) - La Cantina Enoteca, Odyssey Dinner Cruises, The Parthenon, Pizano's Pizza & Pasta, Salpicon, The Village, Vivere

Chino Hills, CA (USA) - The Yard House

College Park, GA (USA) - The Feed Store

Coral Gables, FL (USA) - The Yard House

Costa Mesa, CA (USA) - Mastro's Steak House, The Yard House

Creve Couer, MO (USA) - Bristol Bar & Grill

Dallas, TX (USA) - The Boardroom, Il Sole Restaurant & Wine Bar, Mi Piaci Ristorante Italiano

Denver, CO (USA) - Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood

Des Moines, IA (USA) - Splash Seafood Bar & Grill

Edgewater, MD (USA) - Yellowfin Steak & Fish House

Englewood, CO (USA) - Sonoda's Sushi & Seafood

Fairfield, CT (USA) - Spice 'n Ice

Falls Church, VA (USA) - Great American Buffet

Flowery Branch, GA (USA) - Flowery Branch Yacht Club Restaurant

Framingham, MA (USA) - John Harvard's Brew House

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (USA) - Tropical Acres Restaurant

Ft. Myers, FL (USA) - Origami Fort Myers

Glendale, AZ (USA) - The Yard house

Glenview, IL (USA) - Pizano's Pizza & Pasta, The Yard House

Grand Rapids, MI (USA) - Louis Benton Steak House

Hilton Head Island, SC (USA) - Divino

Hoboken, NJ (USA) - Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse

Hollywood, FL (USA) - Giorgio's Grill, Taverna Opa

Huntersville, NC (USA) - Mickey & Mooch

Huntsville, AL (USA) - Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Ketchup, Rare 120

Indianapolis, IN (USA) - Dunaway's

Indian Shores, FL (USA) - Salt Rock Grill

Irvine, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Kansas City, KS (USA) - The Yard House

Kona, HI (USA) - The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks

Knoxville, TN (USA) - Great American Steak & Buffet

Lakewood, CO (USA) - The Yard House

Laurel, MD (USA) - Red Sky Steak & Fishhouse

La Jolla, CA (USA) - Crab Catcher Restaurant & Seaside Grill

Las Vegas, NV (USA) - Big Dog's Draft House, Churrascaria Pampas Brazilian Grille, Rare 120, The Yard House

Leawood, KS (USA) - Bristol Bar & Grill

Little Rock, AK (USA) - Bene Vita

Long Beach, CA (USA) - Christie's Ristorante, The Yard House

Longboat Key, FL (USA) - MarVista Dockside Restaurant & Pub

Los Angeles, CA (USA) - Bella Cucina Italiana, Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Delphi Greek Restaurant, Geisha House, Ketchup, Les Deux, The Yard House

Manassas, VA (USA) - Great American Buffet

Maitland, FL (USA) - Antonio's La Fiamma Ristorante

Marina Del Rey, CA (USA) - Uncle Darrow's, Wharo Korean BBQ

Miami, FL (USA) - Enoteca Sardinia Ristorante, The Fifth Nightclub (South Beach), Novecento Restaurant, Sardinia Ristorante (Miami Beach), Tantra Restaurant & Lounge (Miami Beach)

Milwaukee, WI (USA) - Rip Tide, Old German Beer Hall

Monterey, CA (USA) - The Fish Hopper Seafood & Steaks, Old Fisherman's Grotto

Myrtle Beach, SC (USA) - Great American Steak & Buffet

Naples, FL (USA) - Randy's Fishmarket Restaurant

Nashville, TN (USA) - Valentino's Ristorante

New Hope, PA (USA) - Triumph Brewing Company

New Orleans, LA (USA) - Crescent City Brewing, GW Fins, Sake Cafe Uptown

New York, NY (USA) - AOC Bedford, Battery Gardens, Delmonico's, Etcetera Etcetera, Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, Giovanni's Atrium, Heartland Brewery, The Mansion Restaurant, Mendy's Kosher Deli, San Martin Restaurant, Vice Versa, Vladabar Lounge

Newport, KY (USA) - HofBrauHaus Newport

Newport Beach, CA (USA) - Mastro's Ocean Club Fish House, The Yard House

Norcross, GA (USA) - Hi Life Kitchen & Cocktails

O'Fallon, MO (USA) - Bristol Bar & Grill

Omaha, NE (USA) - Upstream Brewing Co.

Orlando, FL (USA) - Ran-Getsu of Tokyo, Salt Island Restaurant

Palm Beach Gardens, FL (USA) - Carmine's La Trattoria Restaurant & Pizzeria, Noche, Ocean Grill, The Yard House

Pasadena, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Philadelphia, PA (USA) - Cavanaugh's River Deck, Karma Restaurant & Bar, Konak Restaurant, Las Cazuelas, Le Castagne, Triumph Brewing Company

Phoenix, AZ (USA) - The Yard House

Pittsburgh, PA (USA) - The Church Brew Works, The Original Fish Market

Princeton, NJ (USA) - Triumph Brewing Company

Raleigh, NC (USA) - Nina's Restaurant

Rancho Cucamonga, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Rancho Mirage, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Reno, NV (USA) - Dolce Enoteca Ristorante

Roswell, GA (USA) - Aqua Blue Restaurant & Bar

Riverside, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Rye, Ny (USA) - Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse

Sacramento, CA (USA) - Brew It Up!

Scottsdale, AZ (USA) - Drinkwater's City Hall Steakhouse, Mastro's Ocean Club Fish House, Mastro's Steak House

St. Louis, MO (USA) - Morgan Street Brewery

Salt Lake City, UT (USA) - Bangkok Thai, Tuscany

San Antonio, TX (USA) - Pepe's Restaurante Mexicano

San Diego, CA (USA) - Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, Cocina D. Sanchez, The Yard House

San Francisco, CA (USA) - Bar None, Belden Taverna, Brindisi Cucina, Butterfly San Francisco, Cafe Tiramisu, Harry Denton's Starlight Room, Local Kitchen & Wine Merchant, Masa's Restaurant, Mas Sake, Medjool Restaurant / Lounge, Nectar Wine Lounge, Oola Restaurant & Bar, Pier 23 Cafe, Roti Indian Bistro, Shanghai 1930, Sinbad's Pier 2 Restaurant, Wunder Brewing Co.

San Jose, CA (USA) - Arcadia Steakhouse, Le Papillon Restaurant, Tied House Cafe & Brewery

Santa Fe, NM (USA) - osteria d'assissi

Santa Monica, CA (USA) - Locanda del Lago

Scottsdale, AZ (USA) - The Yard House

Seattle, WA (USA) - Eastlake Bar & Grill, Greenlake Bar & Grill, Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub, Southlake Grill

Seymour, CT (USA) - Carousel Gardens

Spanish Fort, AL (USA) - Felix's Fish Camp Grill

Spokane, WA (USA) - Italian Kitchen

Stinson Beach, CA (USA) - Stinson Beach Grill

Tampa, FL (USA) - Donatello Italian Restaurant

Temecula, CA (USA) - The Yard House

Thousand Oaks, CA (USA) - Mastro's Steak House

Tucson, AZ (USA) - Bluefin Seafood Bistro, Kingfisher Bar & Grill

Venice, CA (USA) - Primitivo Wine Bistro

Virginia Beach, VA (USA) - Lynnhaven

Waikiki, HI (USA) - The Yard House

Walnut Creek, CA (USA) - Prima Ristorante

Washington, DC (USA) - Dolce Enoteca Ristorante, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Ketchup, Teatro Goldoni

Save on Entertainment

Comedy Clubs, Theatre, Theme Parks, Events and More

SkyAuction has recently started auctioning admission tickets for comedy clubs, theatre productions, theme parks, city cruises and other sources of entertainment. Plan ahead and bid on some of these to make your upcoming vacation more affordable, or also to try a "staycation" at home!

Atlanta, GA (USA) - Funny Farm Comedy Club

Baltimore, MD - Babe Ruth Birth Place & Museum / Sports Legends Museum

Bessemer, AL (USA) - Alabama Adventure

Boca Raton, FL (USA) - New York Comedy Club

Chatanooga, TN (USA) - Lookout Mountain

Chicago, IL (USA) - Odyssea Dinner Cruises

Clementon, NJ - Clementon Park Splash World

Denver, CO (USA) - Elitch Gardens

Gilroy, CA (USA) - Gilroy Gardens

Great Neck, NY - Angels Medi Spa

Hollywood, FL (USA) - Improv Comedy Club

Jackson, NJ (USA) - Six Flags Great Adventure Amusement Park & Hurricane Harbor

Marina Del Ray, CA (USA) - Crown Pacific Cruises (party cruise or Catalina Island)

Miami, FL (USA) - Improv Comedy Club

Monterey, CA (USA) - Monterey Bay Aquarium

New York, NY (USA) - Comic Strip Live, Jena Wellness Center, New York Water Taxi

Newport, RI (USA) - Access Tours, Bird's Eye View Helicopters Mansion Tour, Captain Mike's Baywatch Cruises

Oakland, CA (USA) - Metropolitan Golf Links

Orlando, FL (USA) - Gatorland Park, SAK Comedy Club

Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) - Ocean World Adventure Park Marina & Casino

San Diego, CA (USA) - San Diego Double-Decker Day & Night Tours & Harbor Cruise

San Francisco, CA (USA) - iFly Indoor Sky Diving, San Francisco Double-Decker Tours

Seattle, WA (USA) - Seattle Sun Tan

Springfield, MA (USA) - Six Flags New England

Toronto (Canada) - Robin Barker Hair'sociates

West Palm Beach, FL (USA) - Improv Comedy Club

Youngstown, OH (USA) - Funny Farm Comedy Club

Buy Your Travel on eBay

The internet's biggest auction also sells travel.

I have never personally used eBay for travel auctions. I am mentioning it here though as I've just found out that you can order travel products through eBay. I'll be researching this venue for purchasing travel products online and perhaps creating a new lens soon (or adding to this one!)

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Have you won any SkyAuction.com auctions and made use of your vacation values? What did you think? Here is the place to let us know your experience...

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      jamescrobo 6 years ago

      Online travel auctions provide a first-class vacation experience on a budget. as like Hotels2stay.net is the premier online travel planning and on the internet for exciting affordable first class vacation collection of cheap hotels worldwide.

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      bellauction 6 years ago

      cool page, found it under auctions

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This lens is awesome. I love it. I am going to tell my editors on my Thai News website to write something about this lens and probably feature it.

      I will comment here again once we do.

      Great Work

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      Damone 8 years ago

      Great lens and I will favorite it. Please check out my lenses and give me some advice on how I can improve my lenses. Thanks.

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      I had never heard of Sky Auctions before. I will definitely have to check this out! Thanks for the great tips!

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      diwakat 8 years ago

      Never bought on SkyAuction but anyways Cool lens. Online shopping is the way to go. Rated it with 5**. Check my lens on Lion Safari and give your comments

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      Travelse 8 years ago

      cool lens with lots of information, gave 5**. Have a look at my lens on Tanzania Hotels and give your rate and comments

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      narreyes 8 years ago

      I liked your lens... I bookmarked and placed it on my bio for people to check it out :)

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      bidzinger 8 years ago

      awesome lens! 5 stars!

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      Allan R. Wallace 9 years ago from Wherever Human Rights Reign

      I've bid at skyauctionsa a few times, but didn't win. Thanks for reminding me, I'll try again.

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      1bargainhunter 9 years ago

      I won a "room and board" auction and chose the White House restaurant in Anaheim, California. The restaurant was beautiful, the hostess and waiters were first class, and the food was terrific! I'm saving the 7 night resort stay for a trip to Nashville this fall. This is the first time I've used Sky Auction and I plan to always use it for my vacations. I got great bargains!

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      KimGiancaterino 9 years ago

      Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Hi Laura

      Nice Lens 5 stars from me and thanks for joining my group "Travelmania"